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2013 Oscars: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture & 3 Awards; 'Life Of Pi' Wins 4 Including Best Director For Ang Lee

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by Rodrigo Perez
February 24, 2013 8:17 PM
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Well, that's a wrap. The two bigger winners of the night were "Argo," which one the coveted Best Picture award and three awards total, and "Life of Pi," which took home the most statuettes of the evening including Best Director for Ang Lee (which we called in our predictions). The one relative "surprise" of the night early on (though a late groundswell started in recent weeks) was Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained," beating out Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones. But the show was a brutally longwinded snore and the musical segments didn't help. Host Seth MacFarlane had mixed results, but fared better than we expected and had a few admittedly killer jokes. All and all though, pacing wise, it was a crushingly slow and laborious show. More analysis tomorrow, this thing tired us out. Your thoughts on the show? Sound off below.

EARLIER: After about six months of buzz, noise, gripes, campaigning, smearing and whatnot, the 85th Academy Awards are finally here. It's been a long and eventful season and one of the most interesting in recent years if only because the winners weren't locked up in advance like "The Artist" last year. In fact, it's been one of the most up and down, surprising seasons in an age. "Argo" took the buzz early on in Telluride, "Silver Linings Playbook" took the baton after that in Toronto when it won the coveted Audience Award and then "Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi" entered the fray later in the fall and changed everything (remember when everyone thought "Les Misérables" would be the frontrunner after those reports of audiences crying and cheering?). But the "Argo" groundswell started to mount late in the game after director Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy during the nominations and the ground started moving under everyone's feet again.

Clearly, it's still a relatively open field in several categories with possible upsets arriving in Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. As Oli wrote in his final Oscar predictions (which I agree with for the most part), there's kind of four narratives of how the night could go, essentially 1) "Argo" 2), Weinstein/'Silver Linings' 3)"Lincoln" and 4) "Life of Pi." Meaning, anyone of these four films could dominate or at least take several key baubles. I personally think, while "Argo" is likely going to win Best Picture, we should all keep a close eye on 2) – meaning: never underestimate the Weinstein propaganda machine which could lead to some potential upsets. Either way, we'll be updating the winners as they happen in this post, but if you're looking for some snarkier/funnier coverage, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Best Picture
WINNER: "Argo"
"Amour"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Misérables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director
WINNER: Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
Michael Haneke - "Amour"
Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actor In A Leading Role
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Misérables"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Leading Role
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings PLaybook"
Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
WINNER: Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Alan Arkin - "Argo"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
WINNER: Anne Hathaway - "Les Misérables"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Amy Adams "The Master"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
Michael Haneke - "Amour"
John Gatins - "Flight"
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: Chris Terrio - "Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
David Magee - "Life of Pi"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: "Amour"
"Kon-Tiki"
"No"
"A Royal Affair"
"War Witch"

Best Animated Feature Film
WINNER: "Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"ParaNorman"
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits"
"Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Original Song
WINNER: "Skyfall" - "Skyfall"
"Before My Time" - "Chasing Ice"
"Pi's Lullaby" - "Life of Pi"
"Suddenly" - "Les Miserables"
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" - "Ted"

Best Cinematography
WINNER: Claudio Miranda - "Life of Pi"
Seamus McGarvey - "Anna Karenina"
Robert Richardson - "Django Unchained"
Janusz Kaminski - "Lincoln"
Roger Deakins - "Skyfall"

Best Film Editing
WINNER: William Goldenberg - "Argo"
Tim Squyres - "Life of Pi"
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - "Silver Linings Playbook"
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design
WINNER: Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"
Paco Delgado - "Les Misérables"
Joanna Johnston - "Lincoln"
Eiko Ishioka - "Mirror Mirror"
Colleen Atwood - "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Best Documentary Feature
WINNER: "Searching For Sugar Man"
"5 Broken Cameras"
"The Gatekeepers"
"How to Survive a Plague"
"The Invisible War"

Best Visual Effects
WINNER: "Life of Pi"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Marvel's The Avengers"
"Prometheus"
"Snow White and the Huntsman"

Best Production Design
WINNER: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank - "Lincoln"
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer - "Anna Karenina"
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Eve Stewart - "Les Misérables"
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock - "Life of Pi"

Best Original Score
WINNER: Mychael Danna - "Life of Pi"
Dario Marianelli - "Anna Karenina"
Alexandre Desplat - "Argo"
John Williams - "Lincoln"
Thomas Newman - "Skyfall"

Best Make Up
WINNER: "Les Misérables"
"Hitchcock"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Best Sound Editing
WINNER: (TIE) "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty"
"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"

Best Sound Mixing
WINNER: "Les Misérables"
"Argo"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall

Best Documentary Short Film
WINNER: "Inocente"
"Kings Point"
"Mondays At Racine"
"Open Heart"
"Redemption"

Best Animated Short
WINNER: "Paperman"
"Adam and Dog"
"Fresh Guacamole"
"Head Over Heels"
"Maggie Simpson In the Longest Daycare"

Best Live-Action Short Film
WINNER: "Curfew"
"Asad"
"Buzkashi Boys"
"Death of a Shadow"
"Henry"
 

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20 Comments

  • Ade | February 25, 2013 5:59 AMReply

    It's funny, early last year I came across a betting site that had Daniel Dy Lewis' odds to win at 9/1. This was long before the trailer or any stills were out and I was soooo tempted to put a big bet on it knowning he would likely win. My bad.

  • Civil | February 25, 2013 4:57 AMReply

    For me, this is the fourth straight year best picture's gone to a fine but forgettable movie that left no impression on me. Slumdog Millionaire, at least I FELT something with that and it was engaging. Nu frowny-face Affleck and a lame reconstruction of a fairly interesting real life event? Skiiiiiippppp.

  • ankur | February 25, 2013 4:02 AMReply

    The award decision makers should definitely be biased for the movies praising their homeland like Argo, Zero dark thirty. Otherwise Cloud Atlas was another movie to look forward for.

  • Alan B | February 25, 2013 2:58 AMReply

    Also, two years ago Affleck turned down a supporting role in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' to do 'Argo': did he make the right call? Yes, he's got an Oscar. Yes, he's had box office success. Yes, he received praise from critics. Yes, he's probably being offered more scripts than ever before. Yes, WB has not given Luhrmann any more money to finish his much-delayed production ... but was it the right call?

  • Alan B | February 25, 2013 2:59 AM

    Yes.

  • Glass | February 25, 2013 12:57 AMReply

    I would love to see a "coked-up Argo screenwriter" meme, but I doubt that's happening. Jesus that dude was coked up. More than Quentin.

  • cattt | February 25, 2013 3:31 AM

    Definitely coked up. "Thank you Ben Haffleck..." That was hilarious.

  • coke | February 25, 2013 12:39 AMReply

    Each year the academy gets worse. Life of Pi best cinematography?? Argo best movie?? Brave best animated feature? Argo best adapted screenplay?? C'mon...

    But the worst gotta be : Jennifer Lawrence for best actress. Really academy, really??

  • DG | February 25, 2013 12:14 AMReply

    Jennifer Lawerences speech was pretty bad but it was cute when she tripped. I was also a pretty big fan of Joaquin Phoenix's response to having his name read

  • arargdyj | February 25, 2013 3:28 AM

    Usually the best actress starts bawling and acts like she just cured AIDS, it's just acting.
    It's refreshing to see someone like Lawrence who was just happy and surprised for the award. The speeches don't always have to be overly dramatic (Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow).

  • Bert | February 25, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    Yet another forgotten year where Hollywood heaps undeserved praise on self congratulatory tripe over actual contribution to the art. I really feel sorry for people who will now see ARGO as a gold standard of filmmaking.

  • Alan B | February 25, 2013 1:36 AM

    Well done, Bert. I am pretty sure you're the first person EVER to have those thoughts. How does it feel to be THE ONLY PERSON who truly understands the system?

  • NO HE IS... | February 25, 2013 1:34 AM

    Right

  • You are a... | February 25, 2013 12:42 AM

    Dick.

  • Mass | February 25, 2013 12:05 AMReply

    One of the best Oscars in awhile.

    I called ARGO winning Best Picture before it was even released. Boom.

  • Glass | February 25, 2013 4:59 AM

    Hank's not getting laid these days.

  • hank | February 25, 2013 2:34 AM

    OH YEAH BOOM. BOOOOM. YOU THA MAN

  • Franj Javier Fajita | February 24, 2013 11:37 PMReply

    One bad Oscar show, seems a bit unrehearsed and rushed...

  • DG | February 24, 2013 11:23 PMReply

    Horrible show so far. Nice to see Waltz and Haneke there but all this singing is fucking agony and wtf was that Bond tribute? I've see better tributes on YouTube. sorry to whine this just feel especially predictable so far

  • mikol perna | February 24, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    Good call. Weinstein lookin good from minute one! We'll see if it follows.

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